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Monday, September 6, 1999 Published at 22:50 GMT 23:50 UK

UK Politics

Archer and Norris make Tory mayor shortlist

Londoners will vote for their first elected mayor in May 2000

Lord Jeffrey Archer and former Tory transport minister Steven Norris have made the Conservative shortlist for London mayor.

[ image: Lord Archer: Tory favourite]
Lord Archer: Tory favourite
The two have been chosen, along with former local councillors Andrew Boff and Robert Blackman, at a ballot of London party members.

Those will go forward to a "hustings meeting" on 14 September where the candidates will address about 3,000 London party members who will vote by secret ballot to reduce the list to just two.

A ballot of all London members will then be held to declare the winner, with the result announced on 1 October.

[ image: Steven Norris says he is the most experienced candidate]
Steven Norris says he is the most experienced candidate
Pundits expect Lord Archer, the colourful former party deputy chairman and millionaire novelist endorsed by Lady Thatcher, and Mr Norris, a former transport minister, to be the final two candidates.

Whoever wins the prize will bear the party standard in London's first mayoral elections in May 2000.

Party vice-chairman Tim Collins said the Tories were picking their candidate for London mayor in a 'wholly open and democratic way'.

He added: "Our candidate will be picked by our members, not by our spin doctors."

The shortlist was drawn up by a special 22-member party committee as well as the heads of the 74 London constituency parties.

Party politics

The Liberal Democrats are the only party to have chosen their mayoral candidate so far.

The party is putting forward Susan Kramer.

Labour has yet to announce their candidate and is not due to reveal their selection process until after the upcoming party conference season.

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